I found this in the local paper. I won't post it verbatim in
order to avoid moderator wrath.
Church affiliation, politics linked, study finds.
Thomas B Edsall
The Washington Post
David C Leege, professor of government and international studies
at the University of Notre Dame analyzed data from the National
Election Studies from 1960-1992.
The Republican party is becoming the home for white voters who
belong to Christian denominations, attend church regularly, and
who hold strong religious beliefs. This seems to be due to
evangelical voters aligning themselves with the Republican party.
Evangelical Christians were defined as members of churches or
denominations such as the Southern Baptist Convention, the Church
of the Nazarene, the Assemblies of God, and the Missouri and
Wisconsin Synods of the Lutheran CHurch. Their support for Bush
in 1992 was far higher than any other major religious category;
they are substantially more conservative and traditionally
moralistic than any other group.
White voters who attend church irregularly or identify themselves
as nonreligious are more likely to be Democrats. They tend to
hold more liberal positions on issues such as abortion, school
prayer, and gays in the military. Blacks, Jews, and Hispanics
regardless of whether they attend religious services cast
One of the more striking trends in the analysis was the steady
decline of white voters identifying themselves as "mainstream"
Protestant churches: the Episcopal Church, the United Church of
Christ, Presbyterians, United Methodist Church, the Reformed
Church of America, and the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ). In 1960 these voters made up a decisive plurality of
white adults; 41%, twice as many as either evangelicals or
Catholics. By 1992 white voters identifying themselves as part of
mainline Christian denominations had fallen to 22% of white
voters; equal to evangelicals and Catholics.
By 1992 the percentage of mainline Christians who regularly went
to church was substantially less than that for white evangelicals
or white Catholics.
"The mainline Protestant, around which so much of the civic
agenda revolved throughout American history, is indeed on the
sideline...The Christian Coalition is the part of the Republican
coalition that is growing, and the old mainstream Republicans are
"What it really shows is that the energetic core of any winning
Republican majority begins, though it does not end, with
evangelical activists and their allies," said Ralph Reed,
executive director of the Christian Coalition.
In a separate study of the 1992 election data, John C. Green of
the University of Akron found that white evangelicals were Bush's
largest single constituency in 1992, making up two-fifths of his
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